Passover Updates

O/U Brands of Kosher for Pesach Quinoa

The O/U certifies Goodbaums and Pereg brands of Quinoa for Pesach use this year (with O/UP on the label).

Norman's Yogurts

Norman's brand Yogurt (O/UP - Cholov Yisroel) will carry an extensive line of Kosher for Passover Yogurts this year that include flavors such as: peach, strawberry, vanilla, pomegranate, black cherry, coffee light, strawberry & vanilla light).

Pre-Packaged Salad

Star-K pre-packaged bags of salad require the Star-KP symbol for Passover use this year.

Hadar Machine Matzos

The Star K Hadar Machine Matzohs will be available only as 18 minute Chabura Matzohs. These are the only Star K machine matzohs available this year.

Star K brands of Quinoa for Pesach

The following are the brand of Quinoa that the Star K will be supervising and certifying for Pesach use this year:
Seton Farms - 12 oz. container (Star KP is required on the label)

Natural Earth products - 16 oz. box (Star KP is required on the label).


Sodastream brand Carbon Dioxide Cylinders are now O/U certified for Pesach.

Kirkland brand Frozen Atlantic & Wild Salmon

Kirkland Signature Frozen Atlantic & Wild Salmon is under the O/U and Kosher for Pesach. This product should first be rinsed with water before use for Pesach.

Folger's Decaffeinated Instant Coffee

Folger's Decaffeinated Instant Coffee is acceptable this year without a special Pesach certification.

Starkist Tuna

Starkist brand canned Tuna (O/UP) will launch a limited run of O/UP canned tuna that was prepared with Bishul Yisroel.

Tea Bags

The O/U maintains that all regular tea bags, that are not flavored or decaffeinated, are acceptable for Pesach without special Pesach supervision.

Keurig K-Cups

K-Cups for Keurig machines are recommended when bearing the O/U in the following regular (NOT decaf): Green Mountain Co. - Fair Trade Holiday, Fair Trade Organic, French Roast, House Blend, Lake & Lodge, Sumatran, Dark Magic, Coffee Donut House, Extra Bold, Starbuck's, Tully's Italian, Barista Prima Italian.

It's Delish Soda

It's Delish Soda, in various flavors, is certified by the Heart K in California this year.


Coke and Diet Coke are being produced in Los Angeles again and will be available at local markets. The Coke designated for Pesach use will have a distinctive yellow cap along with the O/UP designation. Coke will also be available in Atlanta, Boston, Baltimore-Washington areas and Miami.


Any unflavored Seltzer may be used on Passover with no special Passover certification.


The Star K states:
"Raw, whole or chopped nuts (i.e. almonds, walnuts etc.) that have no preservatives or other additives (BHT, BHA etc.) in corn oil are approved for Passover. If the label states that it is processed in a plant that processes Kitniyos or Chometz, then it requires a reliable Hashgacha for Passover. Raw nuts, however should not be purchased from a bin, only packaged.
Note: Many consider peanuts as Kitniyos, which are not permissible (to Ashkenazim and some Sephardim) on Pesach.
Dry roasted and ground nuts DO require reliable Passover certification".

Dental Floss

Any unflavored dental floss may be used for Passover.

Delarosa Grapeseed Oil

Delarosa Grapeseed Oil is Kosher for Pesach this yearONLYy with the Star KP symbol on the label.

O/UP Bartenura Grape Seed Oil

The O/U supervising agency will be introducing a new Hashgacha this Pesach on Bartenura brand Grapeseed Oil. Look for the O/UP symbol on the packaging.

Cooking Sprays O/UP

The following are Cooking Spray brands that are supervised as Kosher for Passover by the O/UP agency...
Manischewitz Buttery Safflower Cooking Spray, Olive Oil Spray & Olive Oil Garlic Cooking Spray

Mishpacha Olive Oil Spray

Mother's Olive Oil Pan Coating Spray

Season O/UP Mediterranean Sardines

This year the O/UP is certifying a new Moroccan Sardine item in various sauces under the Season brand.

O/U Liquors/Liqueurs

This year the following liquors/liqueurs will be available for Passover under the supervision of O/UP...
Gold Shot
Jelinek Pear Brandy and Slivovitz
Queen Esther
Spirit of Solomon
Zachlawi (Arak & Vodka)
Zwack Slivovitz

Lipton Tea Bags O/UP

According to the O/U, all Lipton unflavored decaffeinated Tea Bags are acceptable without special Passover supervision. This is NOT true of other decaffeinated Tea Bags.

Smunchies O/UP

Health Garden will introduce Smunchies O/UP cotton candy this year for Passover.

Guiltless Gourmet O/UP

Guiltless Gourmet brand will introduce O/UP Root Chips this year for Passover as well as O/UP Coconut Water.

O/Up Matzo Brands

The O/UP will certify Matzohs manufactured by the following Brands...
Holy Land
Yanovsky (from Argentina) and Yehuda.

Yotvata (O/UP)

Yotvata brand cheese will produce an O/UP line of mozzarella, pecorino and provolone cheeses for Pesach.

Barkanit (O/UP)

Barkanit will produce an O/UP Goat Cheese and Sheep Cheese for Pesach this year.


This year Barton's introduces O/UP Chocolate Covered regular Matzah Crackers (NOT Matza Ashira)

Star-K bagged salad

Star-K certified pre-packaged bags of salad (Dole) require the Star-Kp symbol for Passover use.

Manischewitz O/U Kitniyot

This year Manischewitz has introduced new products under the O/U KItniyot symbol for Sephardim whose minhag it is to eat Kitniyos on Passover.
The following are some of those O/U Kitniyot products...

Kitni Rice Cakes (unsalted) - O/U Kitniyot
Kitni Sweet Corn (canned) - O/U Kitniyot

Shefa - O/UP

Shefa introduces the following new products for Passover 5774...
Sweet Goodies Chocolate Candy (Cholov Yisroel)
Milk Chocolate

Manischewitz O/UP

Manischewitz introduces the following new products for Passover 5774...
Rye Tam Tams Snack Crackers
Almond Pecan Granola
Matzo Granola Cereal
Mediterranean Matzah (regular Matzah sprayed with oil and spices after baking. This is NOT Matzah Ashira)

Kosherific - O/UP

Kosherific introduces Passover Veggie Crust Cheeseypies (Cholov Yisroel and non-Gebrokts).

Klein - O/UP

Kleins introduces the following new products for Passover 5774...
Rainbow Bullets Non-Dairy Ice Cream
Gold Bar Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream (dairy)

Kedem - O/UP

Kedem introduces the following new products certified Kosher for Passover (O/UP)...

Harrison's Sweet Shop Natural Sodas for Passover 5774. Flavors include cream, cola, orange and lemon lime)

Fresh Pressed Grape Juice, made without sulfites (O/UP)

Pomegranate and Sparkling Pomogrape Juices.

Elegante & Dodilly

Elegante & Dodlilly introduce the following new products for Passover 5774...
Chocolatiers Frozen Desserts (Sushi Ice Cream Rolls in Chocolate Coffee, Chocolate Vanilla and Neapolitan)

Chocolatiers Cake Pops

French Macaroons (in sandwich and ice cream sandwich form)

Gourmet Artisan Chocolates

Muffins (apple cinnamon, blueberry, carrot, chocolate chip, double chocolate chip and plain)

Pancakes & French Toast

Blanchard & Blanchard - O/UP

Blanchard & Blanchard introduce the following new products for Pesach 5774...
Creamy Ranch Dressing
Non-Pereil Capers
Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Star S Products for Passover 2014-5774

The following are Star-S (new Sephardic division of the Star K led by Rav Emanuel Goldfeiz) products new for Passover 5774 that include Kitniyot for Sephardim only.

Products That Include Kitniyot...
California Delight (Star - S P Kitniyot symbol required)
Baby Corn (whole spears
Cut Bab Corn
Whole Kernel Corn

Yerek Brand (Star-S P Kitniyot symbol required)
Green Beans
Cut Green Beans
French Cut Green Beans
Green Peas
Peas & Carrots
Cut Corn
Mixed Vegetables
Baby Lima Beans

Setton Farms (Star-S P symbol required)
Roasted Peanuts
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Roasted Sunflower Seeds

Carolina Mehadrin Lon Grain White Rice (Star-S p Kitniyot symbol required)
Carolina Brown Mehadrin - Long Grain Brown Rice (Star-S P Kitniyot symbol required)
Goya Mehadrin-Medium Grain White Rice (Star-S P Kitniyot symbol required)
Himalayan Pride Basmati Rice (Brown & White) - (NO Star-S p required - only Star K)
Super Lucky Elephant Jasmine Rice (NO Star-S P required - only Star K)

Pikante Salad (when bearing Star-S and Kosher L'Pesach INKJETTED in Hebrew on the label.
Caponata Italian Eggplant Cuisine
Chinese Eggplant
Grilled Eggplant
Hummus & Turkish salad
Hummus Abu-Gosh
Hummus Classic
Hummus Galilee
Hummus Jalapeno & Herbs
Hummus Jerusalem
Hummus Marrakech
Hummus Masabacha Jalapeno & Hergs
Hummus Moroccan Salsa (Matbucha)
Hummus Old Jeruslalem Traditional
Hummus Pine Nuts
Hummus Premium
Hummus Roasted Pine Nuts
Hummus Roasted Red Pepper
Hummus Sun-dried Tomato
Hummus with Tehina
Hummus with Roasted Hot Pepper
Hummus Zo'atar
Hummus Garlic & Lemon
Indian Eggplant
Matbucha Moroccan
Moroccan Long Hot Pepper
Red Cabbage
Red Cabbage Salad
Romanian Eggplant
Sliced Spanish Eggplant
Spanish Eggplant
Tahini Baladi (original) with soft chick peas
Tahini Dip & Spread
Thai Salad Spicy
Turkish Salad
Vegetarian Liver

Maimonides Meats (NO Star-S p required - only Star-K)
Boxed Beef
Boxed Lamb
Boxed Veal
M&D Glatt (NO Star-S P required - only Star K)
Boxed Lamb
Boxed Veal

California Delight (Star-S P required)
Hearts of Palm - Whole
Hearts of Palm Cuts & Pieces
Pears In Light Syrup

California Delight (Star-S P required)
Chunk Tongol Tuna in Water
Chunk Light Tuna in Water
Chunk White Albacore Tuna in Water
Chunk Yellowfin Tuna in Water
Solid White Albacore Tuna in Water
Skipjack Chunk Tuna in Water

Rabbi Eidlitz's West Coast Supermarket Tours for Pesach 5774 - 2014

Monday 3/17/14 - Anshei Emes (Rabbi Summers on Robertson Blvd.) at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday 3/19/14 - Lecture at Beis Medrash Mordechai Yaakov (Rabbi Eidlitz's Shul) 12753 Chandler Blvd. at 8:00 p.m.

Thursday 3/20/14 - Ralph's in La Jolla at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday 3/23/14 - Young Israel of Century City (Rabbi Muskin - Pico Blvd.) 9:30 a.m.

Sunday 3/23/14 - Molly Stones Supermarket in Palo Alto at 2:p.m.

Tuesday 3/25/14 - Ralphs at 3rd and La Brea in Los Angeles at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday 3/27/14 - Ralphs at Magnolia and Coldwater in Valley Village at 7:00 p.m.

StarKist Tuna

This year there will be a limited run of O/Up StarKist brand tuna.


The Star K has recently launched a new program for Sephardim called Star-S. This program is working to provide for the specific needs of Sephardim for Pesach and year-round. The Star-S is providing Mehadrin rice and frozen beans this year for Pesach for Sephardim as well as fielding hundreds of consumer questions about Sephardic issues for Pesach around the clock.
Pesach production of Star-S Kitniyot products has already been planned and executed. For more information, call (410) 484-4110, ext. 217 or email at

Sukkah Hill Spirits

Sukkah Hill Spirits liqueur is certified Kosher for Pesach by the Star K.

Cake Mixes

Liebers (R'Weissmandl), Streit's (Kof Kp), Manischewitz (O/Up) and Gefen (O/Up) all produce Kosher for Passover cake mixes.

Baby Formula

The following are some of the more popular brands of infant formula that the O/U has identified as halachically acceptable for infants and those who are ill...

Heinz Nurture
Kirkland Signature
Mother's Choice
Nestle Good Start
Next Step

Gluten Free Pesach Products for Pesach 5774

Manschewitz Brand:
Gluten Free Matzo-Style Squares
Cake Mixes (Chocolate/Vanilla/Yellow)
Gluten Free Crackers
Spiral Shaped Noodles
Shell Shaped Noodles
Yolk Free Medium Egg Noodles
Wide Egg Noodles
Fine Egg Noodles
Pistachio Orange Macaroons
Hazelnut Truffles
Viennese Crunch
Pie Shell
Veggie Potato Pancake Mix
Coconut Crisp Cookies

Goldbaum's Brand:
Gluten Free Crackers (O/UP)

Jeff Nathan Brand:
Gluten Free Panko Flakes

Kedem Brand:
Crispy O's Frosted Cereal (O/UP)
Absolutely (under Kedem) Flatbread & Crackers (O/UP)

Liebers Brand:
Confetti Cookies

Paskesz Brand:
Cracker Flats
Crispits (original, onion, garlic, everything)
Soft Crunch Honey Granola-Style Bar

Yehuda Brand:
Chocolate Covered Crackers
Soup Crackers

Chometz Sheavar Alav Ha'Pesach - Stores

The following stores are permissible for Jews to buy Chometz immediately after Pesach...

99 Cent Stores
Big Lots
Bristol Farms
Coffee Bean
Dollar Tree
Nuts & More
Rite Aid
Sam's Club
Trader Joe's
Wine & Liquor Depot


Osem is introducing Homestyle Matzah Ball Mix for Pesach this year.

Yehuda (O/Up)

Yehuda brand introduces its new Kosher for Passover products for this year which include:
Chocolately Coated Matzos w/Coconut (NOT Matzah Ashira)
Chocolately Coated Matzos w/Sprinkles (NOT Matzah Ashira)
Gluten Free Chocolate Covered Crackers
Gluten Free Soup Crackers
Crumb Cake


Paskesz introduces two gluten free Cracker Flats, Crispits (original, onion, garlic and everything) and crackets (original, onion, garlic and everything).

Also from Paskesz is a Soft Crunch Honey Granola Style Bar in Honey/Almond and Chocolate Drizzle Bars (gluten free and pareve).


Kosherific is offering Passover Veggie Crust Cheeseypies. All natural, Cholov Yisroel and non-Gebrokts.

Liebers - Gluten Free Cookie

Liebers is producing this year for Pesach a Gluten Free Confetti Cookie in vanilla and lemon flavors.

Kedem (O/Up)

Kedem introduces Harrison's Sweet Shoppe all natural Sodas in flavors that include:

Also from Kedem this year is the new Crispy-O's Gluten Free frosted Cereal.


Manischewitz offers new Kosher for Passover products this year that include:

Coconut Crisp Cookies
Pistachio Orange Macaroons (gluten-free)
Almond Pecan Granola
Matzo Granola Cereal
Matzo-Style Squares - All Natural
Gluten Free Crackers
Rye Tam Tams Snack Crackers

Norman's Leben

Norman's brand Leben will be producing a run of Kosher for Passover 12 pack Chocolate Leben.

Norman's Yogurt

Norman's brand Yogurt will be producing an extensive line of different flavored yogurts for Pesach (black cherry, coffee light, peach, pomegranate, strawberry, strawberry light, vanilla, vanilla light). Check the label for the O/Up designation. This product is Cholov Yisroel.

Dannon Yogurt

Dannon Yogurt will have a special run of yogurt for Pesach. The flavors will include coffee, lemon and vanilla. Check the container for the special Pesach (O/UP") designation.

Times to Remember for Pesach 5774-2014 in the L.A. area.

BEDIKAS CHOMETZ 4/13/14 - In the evening.

Fast of Firstborn 4/14/14 - firstborn attend a siyum to avoid fasting.

Last Time to Eat Chometz 4/14/14 - 10:17 a.m. (M.A.) 9:43 a.m (GRA)

Biur Chometz 4/14/14 - 11:35 a.m. (M.A.) 11:48 (GRA)

Candle Lighting (1st night) 4/14/14 - 7:05 p.m.

Midnight (Chatzos) - 4/14/14 - 12:53 a.m.

Candle Lighting (2nd night) 4/15/14 - After 8:09 p.m. (45 min.) 8:36 p.m. (72 min.)

Motzei Yom Tov 4/16/14 - 8:10 p.m. (45 min.) 8:37 p.m. (72 min.)

Shabbos Candle Lighting 4/18/14 - 7:08 p.m.

Motzei Shabbos 4/19/14 - 8:12 (45min.) 8:39 p.m. (72 min.)

Candle Lighting Y.T. 4/20/14 - 7:10 p.m.

Candle Lighting Last Day Y.T. 4/21/14 - After 8:14 p.m. (45 min.) 8:41 p.m. (72 min.)

Motzei Yom Tov 4/22/14 - 8:15 p.m. (45 min.) 8:42 p.m. (72 min.)

Heart K - Los Angeles

It's Delish, supervised under the Heart K (Los Angeles), will carry a variety of different flavored sodas for Pesach this year.

Oat and Spelt Matzo (Gluten Free)

To place an order for Gluten free Matzoh this year contact the Lakewood Matzoh Bakery at (732) 364-8757 or email them at Their website is
You can also call (410) 358-9580 (Baltimore) for Gluten free Matzo information.

Pet Foods

The following commonly listed items (from the Star K) found in pet food ingredient panels are not acceptable for Pesach:
Wheat (cracked, flour, germ, gluten, ground, grouts, middlings, starch)
Barley (cracked, flour)
Oats (flour, grouts, hulled)
Brewer's Yeast
Xanthan Gum

O/U Quinoa News

The O/U is now certifying quinoa as Kosher for Passover when processed with special O/U Passover supervision and when bearing the O/U-p symbol.
The O/U publicized the following statement:
"Following extensive research and on-site investigation of cross-contamination issues by O/U Kosher personnel at all auinoa growing areas including: Puno, Cuzco, Arequipa, Ayacucho, Junin and Chiclayo in Peru; and Alto la Paz and Chayapata in Bolivia; as well as the collection, washing and milling stations of quinoa, O/U Kosher is pleased to announce that, for the first time, it is recommending quinoa for Passover, when processed with special O/U Passover supervision and bearing the O/U-P symbol.
In addition to quinoa, O/U Kosher has concluded that related canihua, kiwicha and maca seeds processed under supervised conditions may also be approved for Passover (O/U-P)".

The two brands of Quinoa that the O/U certifies for Passover use are Goobaums and Pereg. Be sure to check for the O/Up designation on the label of these products.

Moses Vodka from Global Drinks Finland

Moses Vodka has switched Hashgachas for Pesach this year from the O/U-P to Chief Rabbi Simon Livson and Chug Shatam Sofer.

Quinoa News from the Star Kp

Setton Farms 12 oz and Natural Earth Products 16 oz. box are the only two retail brands of Quinoa receiving Pesach supervision by the Star K this year. Star K-P symbol is required on the label.

Spectrum Organic Virgin/Crude Coconut Oil

Spectrum Organic Virgin/Crude Coconut Oil is acceptable for Passover when bearing the OU symbol. (without special Pesach certification)

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